The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsawpuzzle portrait of an extraordinary man.
With the publication of his bestselling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every book is an event, for both critics and his devoted readership. Now, in About This Life, he takes us on a literal and figurative journey across the terrain of autobiography, assembling essays of great wisdom and insight. Here is farflung travel (the beauty of remote Hokkaido Island, the overexplored Galyes'#225;pagos, enigmatic Bonaire); a naturalist's contention (Why does our society inevitably strip political power from people with intimate knowledge of the land smallscale farmers, Native Americans, Eskimos, cowboys?); and pure adventure (a dizzying series of aroundtheworld journeys with air freight everything from penguins to pianos). And here, too, are seven exquisite memory pieces hauntingly lyrical yet unsentimental recollections that represent Lopez's most personal work to date, and which will be read as classics of the personal essay for years to come.
In writing about nature and people from around the world, by exploring the questions of our age, and, above all, by sharing a new openness about himself, Barry Lopez gives us a book that is at once vastly erudite yet intimate: a magically writtenand provocative work by a major American writer at the top of his form.
From the Hardcover edition.
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